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From: John(HI) (
Subject:         Some trivia
Date: May 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm PST

The Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was named after Mexican liberator Benito Juarez.

∑ Seven inmates were liberated from the Bastille after it was stormed by an angry mob on July14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution.

∑ The ice-locked Dutch in Amsterdam mobilized using ice skates to defeat the invading Spanish during the winter of 1572-73.

∑ Butch Cassidy, whose real name was Robert LeRoy Parker, after escaping to Bolivia with his partner-in-crime, the Sundance Kid, reportedly returned to the U,S, and went into the adding machine manufacturing business.

∑ Adolf Hitler's sister-in-law worked for British War Relief in New York City during World War II. Bridget Hitler was the Irish-born wife of Hitler's older half-brother, Alois.

∑ The first American congressman to don a uniform following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was President-to-be Lyndon Johnson, who served in the Navy.

∑ In 1940, Davis Sr. became the first black general in U.S. Army history and in 1954, his son Davis Jr. became the first black general in U.S. Air Force history.

∑ The actor who attained the highest U.S. military rank in history for an entertainer was James Stewart, who rose to the rank of a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

∑ Before the U.S. Navy adopted the standard 21-gun salute in 1841, how many blasts did its warships fire? One blast for each state in the union when they sailed into foreign ports.

∑ The tenth-century Chinese alchemist was trying to discover a formula for immortality when he accidentally produced gun powder.

∑ British-born newspaperman-explorer Henry Morton Stanley (of "Dr. Livingston, I presume" fame) fought on both sides in the American Civil war. He first joined the Confederate Army; but after being captured at Shiloh, he enlisted in the Union Navy to avoid imprisonment.

∑ Russian czar Peter the Great gave himself no rank in the Russian Army. He served as a common soldier in the artillery.

∑ EGADS in the military world is the signal used when it's necessary to destroy a missile in flight. EGADS is an acronym for Electronic Ground Automatic Destruct System.

∑ Andrea Doria, the person for whom the famous passenger ship was named, was a sixteenth-century Genoese admiral who was known as the "Father of Peace" and the "Liberator of Genoa."

∑ You may remember the Alamo but the word means "Cottonwood" in Spanish.

∑ Marquis de Lafayette, America's Revolutionary War ally, named his only son George Washington Lafayette.

∑ Michael Strank, Harlon H. Block, Franklin R. Sousley, Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon and John H. Bradley were the six servicemen who raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima during World War II and who are memorialized in the dramatic 78-foot-high Iwo Jima Monument in Arlington, Virginia.

∑ Actor Paul Newman was disqualified from the Navy's pilot-training program during World War II because his dazzling blue eyes were colorblind.

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